"The Pool" by Jen Lewin, Chalk The Block Festival, El Paso, TX, October 2013, photo by Brian Wancho

Arts Funding & Leadership Development Workshops

Texans for the Arts Foundation's signature ‘Arts Funding & Leadership Development Workshop’ provides Texas’ arts organizations and arts leaders with tools to help them grow, address challenges, and strengthen their roles as creative leaders in their communities.  This day long intensive workshop's goal is to enable arts leaders to develop and implement strategies to build successful arts organizations through effective leadership, board development and advocacy training. 

"Wow, what a day. I cannot thank you and your team enough for such a wonderful information filled day."

Those are the inspiring remarks of one of the attendees at our March 1st Arts Funding & Leadership Development Workshop hosted by Creative Frisco, in Frisco Texas.  A special shout out to Brad Sharp, Executive Director of Creative Frisco, and to our presenters:

* Frisco Mayor Jeff Cheney 
* Susan Fletcher, Commissioner, Collin County
* Cookie Ruiz - CFRE, Executive Director, Ballet Austin, and President of Texans for the Arts' Board of Directors
Ann S. Graham - Executive Director, Texans for the Arts
Fiona Bond - Executive Director, Creative Waco, and member of Texans for the Arts' Board of Directors
Charles Eisemann - Businessman, Philanthropist and Arts Advocate, Richardson

We look forward to a stellar group of new "Texans for the Arts Certified State Arts Advocates" as a outcome of this intensive day long workshop. Mayor Cheney also used this as an occasion to kick off March 2018 as "Arts Advocacy Month" with a proclamation and notable remarks about the positive impact that the arts have on Frisco and the region. 

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Texans for the Arts Foundation's Workshop includes a challenging professional development curricula with content for all levels and a primer on local arts advocacy that prepares attendees to be effective advocates for the arts and other issues in their communities.  Each Workshop features professional leaders in their fields who share their experiences and expertise, while listening and learning from attendees about challenges and opportunities particular to their own communities. In addition, it integrates a strong local and regional conversation about the arts with Texans for the Arts Foundation's statewide focus on professional development and advocacy training.

Previous Workshop curricula has included:

  • Developing a Fundraising Board

  • Fundraising Forum:  Tips and Trends in Fundraising

  • The Seven Faces of Philanthropy

  • Grantsmanship:  Building a 'fundable' Organization
  • Advocacy:  The Power of the Grassroots

  • Your Advocacy Soap Box

  • Understanding Municipal Policy & Advocacy

  • Storytelling by the Numbers: How to use Data to Win the Hearts of the Disbeliever
  • Texans for the Arts State Arts Advocacy Program

  • Elected Official Q&A:  What Works and What Doesn’t

Over the past five years, Workshops have been conducted in Abilene, Austin, Brownsville, Irving, Galveston, Lubbock, Tyler, Waco, San Antonio, and most recently, Frisco, Texas.  

 

If you and/or your organization would like to help host a Workshop in your community or if you would like additional information about the Workshop, please contact info@texansforthearts.com.

When we have the details - we'll remind you not to miss this information-packed FULL-DAY professional development workshop for arts administrators, board members, students, community groups, elected officials, and anyone interested in learning successful techniques for growing the arts. This is a challenging, transformational and practical event with content suitable for anyone interested in contributing to a successful arts organization or program. This workshop is your opportunity to meet other arts leaders from your community and region and use the power of working together to increase your success. Immediately following the event, participants are invited to attend a happy hour social.

The ARTS FUNDING,  LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT AND ADVOCACY WORKSHOP is presented only twice per year throughout Texas and is attendance is required for those seeking to become a Texans for the Arts' Certified State Arts Advocate. 

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PREVIOUS WORKSHOPS!

 

FRISCO, MARCH 1, 2018

"Wow, what a day. I cannot thank you and your team enough for such a wonderful information filled day."

Those are the inspiring remarks of one of the attendees at our March 1st Arts Funding & Leadership Development Workshop hosted by Creative Frisco, in Frisco Texas.  A special shout out to Brad Sharp, Executive Director of Creative Frisco, and to our presenters:

* Frisco Mayor Jeff Cheney 
* Susan Fletcher, Commissioner, Collin County
* Cookie Ruiz - CFRE, Executive Director, Ballet Austin, and President of Texans for the Arts' Board of Directors
Ann S. Graham - Executive Director, Texans for the Arts
Fiona Bond - Executive Director, Creative Waco, and member of Texans for the Arts' Board of Directors
Charles Eisemann - Businessman, Philanthropist and Arts Advocate, Richardson

We look forward to a stellar group of new "Texans for the Arts Certified State Arts Advocates" as a outcome of this intensive day long workshop. Mayor Cheney also used this as an occasion to kick off March 2018 as "Arts Advocacy Month" with a proclamation and notable remarks about the positive impact that the arts have on Frisco and the region. For more information, click here!

 

SAN ANTONIO, OCTOBER 2017

A very special thank you to the City of San Antonio's Department of Arts & Culture for hosting our signature Arts Funding & Leadership Development Workshop on October 11, 2017.  Held in conjunction with the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce's, this Workshop provided Texas’ arts organizations and arts leaders with tools to help them grow, address challenges, and strengthen their roles as creative leaders in their communities.

Special thanks to all of our presenters for generously sharing their time and expertise: Debbie Racca-Sittre, Director, City of San Antonio, Department of Arts & Culture; Cookie Ruiz, CFRE, Executive Director, Ballet Austin, and President of the TFA Board of Directors; Ann S. Graham, Executive Director, Texans for the Arts; Susana Segura, Project Development Coordinator at Esperanza Peace and Justice Center, and City of San Antonio Arts Commissioner, and the Honorable Texas State Representative Diana Arevalo.  

WACO, FEBRUARY 2016

 A very special thank you to Creative Waco, the Waco Convention & Visitors Bureau, and the Waco Hippodrome Theatre for hosting our signature Arts Funding & Leadership Development Workshop on February 24, 2016 in Waco.  

The Workshop was a tremendous success and included insightful commentary about advocacy and about the important role the arts play in our schools and in our communities by Texas Representatives "Doc" Anderson (R-Waco) and Kyle Kacal (R-Bryan). Special appreciation to Fiona Bond, Executive Director of Creative Waco, for extending the initial invitation to Texans for the Arts and for working with our Texans for the Arts' members of the Board of Directors who presented the workshop's curriculum. Over 60 attendees participated in the day long workshop.

BROWNSVILLE, OCTOBER 2015

A very special thank you to TFA Board members George Ramirez, President of the Brownsville Society for the Performing Arts, and Cristina Balli, Executive Director of Texas Folklife, for hosting a rewarding Workshop in Brownsville, TX on October 8th.  Joined by arts leaders from across the Rio Grande Valley, TFA board members Cookie Ruiz, CFRE, Executive Director of Ballet Austin, and Felix Padron, Executive Director of the City of San Antonio's Office of Cultural and Creative Development, and TFA Executive Director Ann S. Graham, led sessions on the "Seven Faces of Philanthropy", "Place Keeping", "Advocacy: The Power of the Grassroots", and more.

Special thanks, too, to the Honorable Rene Oliveira, State Representative from District 37, for being part of the workshop and sharing his perspective of what it is like to 'receive' advocacy and lobbying efforts - insights into what works and what doesn't!

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TYLER, OCTOBER 2014

In the words of an attendee of our TYLER Workshop:

”I was so inspired and excited about the knowledge I received at your workshop that I am considering some continuing education and further work in the field of arts management…which would definitely be helpful to my art gallery business as well.”

–  Amanda Still, Allied ASID, Art Gallery Director, Hill Design Gallery, Georgetown, TX